EPA "at" datcon.co.uk
Wed, 03 Jun 1998 15:04:15 +0000
>NT4.0 Server/Workstation SP3 : The only problem we have come across is
>on one occasion with 3 users using a shared session the server crashed
>(giving a blue screen) - unfortunately I didn't have time to catch
>the exact reason. Some people were talking about the NT4.0 servers
>resetting - we have not seen that just the "blue screen".
Probably just another of NT's "advanced technologies" at work :-)
You could try a complete reinstall, that sometimes makes NT a bit more
stable. (Especially if you reinstall a different OS...)
>The inevitable wishlist includes (my apologies if these have already
>been covered/resolved on this list):
>1) Better performance on PC's the Unix systems outperform our most
>powerful Intel boxes.
You have no Unix on Intel? You should try putting Linux or FreeBSD on a
decent Intel box to see that it is Windows, not necessarially Intel
chips, that is slow. _That_ would give you better performance on PCs
Seriously though, the Windows server is bound to be slower since it's
not so easy to find out what graphics operations are going on in
Windows. (Xvnc is an X server, so the applications talk directly to it.
WinVNC has to lurk around and try to pick up bits that the applications
send to the screen).
>3) A full screen mode on PC's when your originating and destination
>machine have the same resolution. It's a pain scrolling up and down
>when if it wasn't for the scroll bars it would practically fit!
With judicious moving and resizing, you can make the Windows viewer
_almost_ fit the whole screen. There are still scrollbars however.
What you could do, is if you are viewing a Windows server, make the
taskbar on the server a little bit bigger and load some pointless thing
(such as the MS Office Shortcut Bar) onto the right-hand side of the
server's screen. You can then maximize things without them going into
those areas of the screen, which you can keep safely scrolled out of
>4) On PC's more feedback that someone has connected to your box!
Isn't the slowdown enough feedback? ;-)
>5) Is there anyway to connect and share an existing X windows session ?
Unfortunately not. If you want X applications to be shared, they have
to display on the Xvnc X server. AFAIK there's no way to disconnect
them from the existing server and connect them to a new one.
You could set up all your Unix boxes to run Xvnc, have your X clients
talk to Xvnc, then also run a "traditional" X server on the same box,
running a full-screen (root window?) vncviewer talking to Xvnc. That
would incur some slowdown, but it would mean you could instantly connect
to any running X session (provided you know the password, of course).
Ed Avis <http://members.tripod.com/~mave>